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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Roman Blood by Steven Saylor

Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome - Steven Saylor

Series: Roma Sub Rosa #1


I decided to finish this after all, but it wasn’t a very exciting read. I know I complained about that incident at the 35% mark, but that just made me want to take a break. Although it started out fun, the story itself just wasn’t very compelling. The solution to the mystery wasn’t very surprising, and the mystery reveal involved a lot of explaining after the fact. Also, after not really bothering with info dumps, the author decided to hit the reader with a history lesson on Sulla at the two thirds’ mark. It wasn’t needed for the story, and I don’t know what possessed him to wedge it in two thirds of the way through. If we’d gone that long without needing to be “educated”, was it really necessary to cover it at that point? Gordianus also did some very stupid things. I’m giving it two stars to be charitable and because there wasn’t much that actually angered me other than the pointlessness of it all.